On the 8th of October 2015, Jürgen Klopp was appointed as the man to replace Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager. The three years has seen no trophy successes, but many Kopites would agree that this is one of the most exciting periods in the club’s recent history.
As it’s the international break, I thought it’d be interesting to look back at the German gaffer’s top three games as Reds manager in my opinion.
3. Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool – 21st November 2015
With just his second victory as Liverpool manager, Klopp and his side dismantled a Manchester City side who were hoping to regain their place at the top of the table. The Reds took the lead at the Etihad after just seven minutes. Philippe Coutinho’s neat ball sent Roberto Firmino clear down the left before his cross was converted inadvertently in by Citizen’s defender Eliaquim Mangala. The lead was then doubled midway through the half thanks to the creativity of Firmino once again. The ex-Hoffenheim man’s pass carved Manchester City’s backline open and there was Coutinho to slide the ball underneath Joe Hart.
Firmino then managed to get on the score-sheet himself with his first goal for Liverpool. Emre Can’s delicious backheel put Coutinho through and he unselfishly squared to his fellow Brazilian contingent to make it three. The hosts did manage to pull a goal back just before the break thanks to a superb strike from Sergio Aguero, however it proved only to be a consolation in the end. Unlikely scorer Martin Skrtel completed the rout with ten minutes to go and it’s fair to say his goal was the pick of the bunch. Christian Benteke nodded the ball down for the Slovakian defender who hammered home to make it 4-1.
2. Liverpool 5-2 Roma – 24th April 2018
Last season saw Jürgen Klopp take Liverpool to a eighth Champions League final. Defeat in Kiev left many disappointed, but the run to the final was truly breathtaking. Victory against Manchester City in the quarter-final saw the Reds drawn out to the resilient Roma for the next stage. After a tight opening half an hour, ex-Roma man Mo Salah give Liverpool the lead with an exquisite finish into the top corner. Ten minutes later, Salah managed to get his brace to double his side’s advantage. Roberto Firmino sent the Egyptian through before he chipped the ball over current Reds ‘keeper Alisson Becker to make it two.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s tactical change at the break did nothing and the home side managed to make it three after the restart. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s terrific ball sent Salah clear and he squared to Sadio Mane who converted brilliantly. Salah then managed to get his second assist of the game shortly later when he crossed for Firmino to score to make it 5-0. Firmino completed a brace with twenty minutes to go after James Milner’s corner found the head of the Brazilian.
Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti managed to reduce the deficit for the Giallorossi which raised the nerves of some Kopites going into the second-leg. However it didn’t matter as Liverpool managed to win the tie 7-6 on aggregate. Fortunately, the 4-2 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico wasn’t enough to turnover the Reds’ first-leg win.
1. Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund (agg: 5-4) – 14th April 2016
Liverpool have had a number of great European comebacks and this one will certainly go down as one of the most memorable. In his first season as Reds manager, Klopp was drawn out against former club Borussia Dortmund in the draw for the Europa League quarter-final. The sides drew the first-leg 1-1, with the Reds taking an away goal into the return fixture however that advantage was destroyed ten minutes into the game at Anfield.
The German side took an early 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from current Arsenal duo Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. A goal just after half-time form Divock Origi showed signs of revival but the Reds were pegged back ten minutes later though when Marco Reus made it 3-1 on the night.
One thing you never do though is rule Liverpool out under those famous Anfield lights. Just minutes after Reus had extended the German team’s lead, Philippe Coutinho managed to pull one back with a lovely curled finish from the edge of the box. The Brazilian then turned creator as his corner found Mamadou Sakho and the Frenchman managed to head the ball past Roman Weidenfeller to make it 4-4 on aggregate. On the away goals rule though Thomas Tuchel’s side were currently progressing through to the next stage, meaning Liverpool needed to push for another.
And in the first minute of stoppage time they managed to get that goal. James Milner cross was met by Dejan Lovren and the Croatian’s bullet header flew past Weidenfeller to send Anfield into ecstasy. Unfortunately Klopp couldn’t go on to win the competition with his side losing out to Sevilla in the final, however it’s still one of the most dramatic and action-packed games of recent times.